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Associate of Science Degree
Nursing – Accelerated Program
Metropolitan New Orleans Center and Baton Rouge Campus

Purpose

The purpose of the accelerated Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program of Our Lady of the Lake College is to prepare associate degree nurses who have the necessary skills and competencies to meet the health care needs of God’s people with compassion, understanding, respect, and dignity. The ASN Program provides an avenue for socialization into the profession of nursing, fosters a commitment for learning, and promotes continued intellectual growth. The graduate of the accelerated nursing program receives an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree and is eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The accelerated nursing program is an intense 10-month program designed to provide an avenue into the nursing profession for students who previously have earned a non-nursing baccalaureate degree.

Objectives

Upon completion of the Associate of Science in Nursing program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Collect, analyze and prioritize relevant physical, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual and functional assessment data to provide individualized patient care.
  2. Utilize the nursing process, critical thinking, evidence-based information and knowledge from the arts and sciences to support sound clinical decisions.
  3. Plan and implement nursing care in a safe, compassionate and culturally-sensitive manner that preserves human dignity and promotes growth of individuals and families.
  4. Communicate effectively through verbal, nonverbal, written and technological means with individuals, families, and healthcare providers.
  5. Utilize teaching and learning processes to promote, maintain and restore health for individuals and families across the healthcare continuum.
  6. Manage the efficient, effective use of human, physical, financial and technological resources in providing continuity of care within and across healthcare settings.
  7. Collaborate with individuals, families and healthcare team members in providing comprehensive, individualized patient care.
  8. Demonstrate accountability in adhering to standards of professional practice within legal and ethical frameworks.
  9. Participate in activities that promote professional development and personal growth.

Criteria for Admission

Applicants to accelerated ASN programs should meet the following admission criteria:

  1. Have an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Be accepted for full admission to OLOLC .
  3. Be in good academic standing at OLOLC .
  4. Have completed the following courses with a grade of "C" or better: WRIT 1310; WRIT 1311; MATH 1315; BIOL 2310; CHEM 1310 or CHEM 1315; PSYC 1310; BIOL 2311; BIOL 2320; BIOL 2325; BIOL 2325L; PSYC 2330; RELS 1310.
  5. Have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on arts and sciences courses in the ASN curriculum.
  6. Be in good academic standing from any previously admitted nursing program(s); a letter of good standing should be submitted in support of the application, and mailed to the Office of Admissions at the time of application.

Application Process

Students are admitted to the accelerated ASN programs once per year.  Applicants to any of the accelerated ASN programs must submit an application specific to their accelerated ASN program of choice. Applications for the accelerated programs are due in the Office of Admissions as follows:

New Orleans (July start) – January 15
New Orleans (January start) – August 15
Baton Rouge (September start) –  January 15

For information related to making application, refer to the Admissions section of this catalog
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Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are made in a manner consistent with the College’s policy on admission. Applicants will be considered on a competitive basis. Factors considered in the review of applications include: the six admission criteria listed in this section of the catalog, the ability to meet the Core Performance Standards of the School of Nursing (provided in this catalog), and the College’s policy on admission.

Once an invitation for admission to the ASN Program is extended to an applicant, the applicant will be required to submit an Application for Approval to Enroll in a Clinical Nursing Course form, submit to a criminal background check and comply with the health and safety requirements of the College. A discussion of each of these requirements follows.

The Nurse Practice Act of Louisiana requires that students must be approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) to practice as student nurses prior to enrolling in clinical nursing courses. The LSBN requires persons who have been arrested, charged with or convicted of any criminal offense in any state to petition the Louisiana State Board in writing for the right to practice as a student in Louisiana. The LSBN also requires persons who have any addiction or impairment which may affect their ability to practice nursing to petition for the right to practice as a student prior to enrolling in clinical nursing courses. The Application for Approval to Enroll in a Clinical Nursing Course form will be provided to students during new nursing student orientation. 

Students must submit to a criminal background check per LSBN requirements. Information on the procedure for completing the criminal background check will be provided to the student during new nursing student orientation. Final program acceptance may be contingent upon criminal background check results and LSBN approval.

Students are required to comply with the health and safety requirements of Our Lady of the Lake College as stipulated in this catalog and as updated by the Office of Campus Health and Safety. Information related to these requirements will be provided to students during new nursing student orientation. Students are responsible for submitting to the Director of Campus Health and Safety documentation of compliance with these requirements. Students who fail to comply with the health and safety requirements will not be permitted to attend the clinical component of their nursing courses and may be dismissed from the ASN Program.

Graduation Requirements

The Associate of Science in Nursing degree is conferred upon students when the following conditions have been met:

  1. Completion of 73 credit hours in the required courses; completion of the nursing courses within five years; failure to do so will result in a requirement for the individual to re-apply to the School of Nursing;
  2. Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on all college work with grades of "C" or above in all courses leading to the Associate of Science in Nursing degree;
  3. Completion of all required standardized achievement examinations;
  4. Fulfillment of the residency requirement of OLOLC , (see Academic Policies section);
  5. Clearance of all indebtedness to OLOLC  including the return of all materials borrowed from the College Library.

Licensure

Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The examination is designed to test knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. Upon successful completion of this examination, the graduate becomes licensed to legally practice as a registered nurse in the State of Louisiana.

Each graduate must apply to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing for licensure. The Board of Nursing authorizes candidates to take the NCLEX-RN and provides the registration form for NCLEX-RN. The Board of Nursing may deny a student permission to take the NCLEX-RN for reasons including disciplinary action, arrest, or impairment.

Applicants for licensure who have had a disciplinary action, arrest or impairment must provide documentation of the circumstances of the action, arrest or impairment to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. Failure to disclose this information may result in denial of licensure.

 Accelerated ASN Program Curriculum

All of the arts and sciences courses listed in the curriculum plan must be taken prior to admission to the accelerated ASN program.

 

Total hours for the accelerated Associate of Science in Nursing degree = 73 credit hours